EQUALITY ACT 2010: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
On 1st October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 was introduced and brought together 116 separate pieces of legislation into a single act. It is intended to provide a legal framework, through which the rights of all individuals are protected and includes nine key pieces of previous legislation, one of which was the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
Businesses and service providers are therefore obliged to comply with the act and ensure that the rights of disabled people are upheld and their access to goods and services not restricted. If you are still not familiar with what the Equality Act means for your business, here are the key points.
Who Does It Apply To?
The Equality Act 2010 applies to any non-dwelling which provides services, goods or facilities to the general public.
What Does The Equality Act Mean?
Under the act, businesses and service providers are obliged to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that:
- The way the company operates
- Physical features of the company’s premises, or
- The absence of an auxiliary aid or service
does not put disabled people at a disadvantage when compared with able bodied people.
What Are ‘Reasonable Adjustments’?
It is important to emphasise that any adjustments should be ‘reasonable’. What constitutes reasonable will depend on a variety of factors including how practical it is to implement, what financial resources are available to implement it and whether the change would overcome the disadvantage for disabled people.
Examples of reasonable adjustments include:
- Providing ramps or stairway lifts to overcome steps and stairs.
- Increasing the widths of doorways and entrances.
- Installing automatic doors both internally and externally.
- Providing improved lighting or making signage clearer.
Business owners should be aware that the obligation to make reasonable adjustments is also an ongoing process. Should you make a change to your business which subsequently proves not to be effective, then you are obliged to make further adjustments. Simply making an initial change does not mean you have complied.
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